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From The Archives - Richter Plays Chopin


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 95001   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The young Richter live: already peerless.

Here is Richter ‘from the archives’ in 1950, aged 35, offering invaluable evidence of his early astounding range and mastery, his wildness and idiosyncrasy. The anonymous insert-note makes great play of the supposed rivalry between his elemental view of Chopin and Artur Rubinstein’s urbanity; the seriousness of the one and ‘the unbearable lightness of the other’. Such writing omits Richter’s respect for his colleague who he held in awe, particularly in Chopin; such idle gossip is the stuff of superficiality. Suffice it to say that Richter’s and Rubinstein’s approach to Chopin could hardly be more different.

The opening pages of the Second Ballade are cunningly
Read more inflected, quite without a customary innocence, and here Richter’s restless rubato hints at the storms to come, at the Siberian whirlwind he later unleashes. The First Scherzo’s seething violence (for Anton Rubinstein ‘an infernal banquet’) benefits no less from Richter’s volcanic force, though his disembodied ethereal entry into the central Più lento is no less typical. The G minor Nocturne is given with an exquisite brooding inwardness and all-Russian legato and cantabile and if his unsettled view of the G major Nocturne runs counter to its idyllic state he is never less than hypnotic and fascinating.

Richter’s selection of the Preludes (he was rarely one for complete sets) includes a heart-aching view of Chopin’s ‘blueness’ – his zal, or melancholy – in the E minor, a delectable realisation of Chopin’s dolce in No 7, that briefest of mazurkas, but also a pace and fury in Nos 19 and 23 that erases too much of their moods and, more particularly, the magical final suspension of the F major Prelude. One can almost hear Rubinstein querying, ‘why so fast, why so agitated?’ But these are quibbles when set beside the glory of a recital beyond price, one that easily survives a recording which billows into prominence one minute and recedes the next. All the same and given the circumstances, the sound is impressive for 1950.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [9/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
6.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 5 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
9.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 9 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 10 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 11 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
12.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 19 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
13.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 17 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
14.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 23 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
15.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 8 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
16.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 24 in D minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
17.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
18.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 

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